Com­bined fu­neral held for 8 killed in limo crash

The Record (Troy, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

AM­S­TER­DAM, N.Y.>> Mourn­ers at a fu­neral for four sis­ters and their fam­ily mem­bers killed in a New York limou­sine crash were as­sured Satur­day that their loved ones can still see their tears and feel their heartache.

On a damp, chilly day, hun­dreds of peo­ple packed the pews of an old brick church in Am­s­ter­dam at the ser­vice for eight of the 20 peo­ple killed last Satur­day when the limou­sine they hired for a 30th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion crashed. The stretch limo bar­reled down a hill past a stop sign into an­other ve­hi­cle in the park­ing lot. All 17 pas­sen­gers and the driver were killed, as well as two pedes­tri­ans stand­ing in the park­ing lot.

“The ques­tion that is in the hearts of so many is: Why?” The Rev. O. Robert DeMar­it­nis said. “Why did these 20 in­di­vid­u­als have to be taken from us so quickly and so un­ex­pect­edly?”

DeMar­it­nis spoke on an al­tar flanked by pic­tures of Al­li­son King, sis­ter Abigail Jack­son and her hus­band Adam Jack­son, sis­ter Mary Dyson and her hus­band Robert Dyson, sis­ter Amy Steen­burg and her hus­band Axel Steen­burg and his older brother, Richard Steen­burg.

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